Friday, November 09, 2007

Let the Sun Shine

What a difference the sun makes! San Francisco took on a whole new look when the sun came out today. We spent exactly $1.50 each on transportation today, which meant we did an awful lot of walking once again.

We opted out of the continental breakfast of a cold croissant and a banana and a dialog with Klaus at our B&B and instead walked down Fillmore to where it intersects California, an area teeming with shops and places to eat. We found a delightful breakfast at Trio’s, a Japanese restaurant which fortunately lacked the greasy hash browns and bacon which would have otherwise tempted me. Great coffee and lots of it.

The next shot includes the beautiful Japanese woman who was our cook and server.

We actually spent time shopping where we both found things to enjoy, a rarity for my husband who buys everything off the Internet to avoid stores at all cost. And yes, Pauline, we did find Bittersweet, a wonderful chocolate store. Here are some random shots from our morning on Fillmore.

This store features rubber ducks and soap. It even has a "soap bar" where you can try different soaps out before you buy them.

There are cute well-behaved dogs everywhere. (I miss Jake, but his "camp counselor" for this visit sends glowing reports, except that he is terrorizing her cats.)

And there are are stores dedicated to dogs -- clothes, beds, toys, everything canine.

Just one of many brands of coffee, the most revered drink in this city.

An artsy place where I bought a beautiful little blown glass pitcher.

A much easier way to get around than walking or biking.

We decided to take advantage of the sunny day and walk over to Alamo Square, the site of the most famous skyline shot of San Francisco, featuring the “Six Sisters,” the beautiful Victorian houses in the foreground.

Here are a few other shots from this neighborhood.

We then took the bus on Geary to the end of the line so we could see the Pacific and have lunch and a drink in the beautiful Cliff House overlooking the ocean. Despite the most recent oil spill, the beach is still spectacular.

A would--be tight-rope walker practicing in Sutro Park. He offered us a chance to try it, but we politely declined his offer.

The magnificent Pacific Ocean.

So what were the lessons learned today?
(1) Public transportation is a lot cheaper here than in DC. With transfers and a non-working ticket machine, we managed to ride 6 buses for one fare.
(2) This city is crazy about coffee. There are probably more coffee shops per capita than any other type of establishment.
(3) Pets reign supreme. Dogs are everywhere and there are many specialty stores for pets.
(4) SF is a melting pot of cultures. It’s so much fun to find ethnic neighborhoods for multiple nationalities.
(5) The people here want you to love their city. A park ranger jumped out of his car to give us a pamphlet about an area along the coast which is under development.

And tomorrow? This visit is totally unstructured, so the weather and our mood will decide!


Blogger Jamy said...

If you think they love coffee in SF, you won't believe how much they love it in Seattle!

SF is a beautiful city--I'm glad you're getting to see it with sunlight. Clear days there are rare treasures.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

I so wish I'd climbed unannounced into a suitcase! Great shots of a city I wish I could see.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I'm enjoying the pictures and hearing about your trip.

Thanks for sharing!

9:49 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Your pictures are terrific, as usual. You are missing drizzle and clouds at home, so enjoy,enjoy.
Eat lots of chocolate.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Jamy -- They say it's going to rain today, so we need to take advantage of the fact that it hasn't started yet!

Pauline -- I'm glad you're along for the ride virtually. Can you taste chocolate virtually?

Carol -- Welcome!

KC -- We would be doing great as a foursome here. Bill would never be bored. And we could watch you bike up all the hills!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

That fruit bowl looks very tempting.

I think the sun makes it easier to be outside (except when it is brutally hot and humid).

I am starting to miss the warm sun. We still get a bright sun, but it no longer warms.

Walking is great. I used to do a lot when I was younger.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

I always love going places with you since you make them sound and look so neat...AND that's the only way I'm gonna get there! I'm craving a coffee now!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

The Peets you went to on Fillmore is right across the street from where I used to go see my psychotherapist. It's a very familiar neighborhood - cool to see the pics.

Coffee is the drink of choice for the whole west coast, all the way up to British Columbia. Alcohol not so much as here.

Sutro Park is where we used to begin our initiation rituals for Reclaiming. Did you spot the statue of Diana? That was the spot.

Very cool!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Richard -- I think you would really like it here.

MOI -- Too bad you can't join me for coffee.

Reya -- That area on Fillmore is definitely my favorite part of the city.

I can see how Sutro Park would be the perfect place for an initiation ritual. It's a rather enchanted place. And the view from up there is breathtaking.

I really enjoyed the long bus ride to get out there. It went through some great ethnic neighborhoods.

I had thought about asking you where I could get a good massage here, but don't know that I would have been willing to give up thhe 90 minutes!

Can't wait to talk to you about all we have seen and done here in SF.

10:20 AM  

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